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Why do Hindus worship Hanuman?

Religion is a thing of importance in Hindu society. There are thousands of gods and goddess and they all get due reverence for their different yet important roles. One of such god is Hanuman aka Maruti. Maruti’s has great importance in Hinduism due to the supporting role he played to lord Rama in Ramayana. To know why Hindus worship the lord of monkeys with so much devotion and austerity, we will start exploring the related interesting facts.

The background:

Trinity of gods – Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Shiva the destroyer – generally governs the Hindu religion. As per the Hindu mythology, people believe that the creator, Vishnu, usually takes birth on earth to protect and counterbalance goodness against rising sin and vice in the society. One of such incarnation of Vishnu is Rama in Treta yuga. Bajrang (Hanuman) took birth to follow and serve god Rama – be whatever the situation is, even at the cost of his life.

Birth:

Lord Bajrang was the son of Kesari, the king of monkeys, and Anjani, the daughter of maharishi Gautam. The incarnation of lord Shiva, the purpose of Maruti’s birth is to serve and assist Rama, the incarnation of Vishu, in Ramayana.

Various names and Role:

Hanuman, which is also known as Bajarang, Anjaneya, Maruti, Pavansut, Pawankumar and many other names, is an incarnation of lord Shiva that he contributed to support and serve lord Rama in his human avatar. Ram has a great place in Hinduism and people worship Marutinandan as a motiveless, devout and real servant of Ram who sacrificed his comfort, happiness and above all, his life to serve Rama for a noble cause.

He is famous for:

Maruti, the mighty ape, is remembered for playing a considerable role by leading at various fronts in Ram’s expedition against evil forces, represented by Ravana, to get Sita released and kill Ravan as well as destroy his diabolic empire. Maruti played a great supporting role not only to irradicate the evil forces but also in laying the corner stone to establish the empire of peace and justice. Due these qualities, Hindus worship Maruti. He is a staunch follower of Rama as well as a symbol of devotion, strength, perseverance and commitment. To know more about Hanuman.

Worshipping Maruti:

It is believed in Indian mythology that worshipping Maruti solves all purposes – be it financial, moral or any other concerns. Procedure to worship Bajrang is described in details in various Hindu religious books. Tuesday and Saturday are the days of Maruti and people fast to pay obedience as well as give special offerings to him.

A role model:

As per the Hindu Panchang (calendar), people celebrate the birth anniversary of Maruti every year with zeal and enthusiasm on the Purnina (full moon) of Chaitra month (March). The material used to worship includes rice, red flowers, Kumkum/sindur and followers generally wear red cloths to worship Pavanputra. In order to please Pavansut, one needs to chant the hymns devoted to the deity that include Chalisa, Asthak, Bajarang bana, Stawan etc.

The character of Bajrang tells the common masses about unlimited powers every one has and how to use them gain eternal peace and salvation. There have been other gods of great importance, say for instance, the elephant god LordGanesha. To knowm more about lord Ganesha, Click here

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Mahavidya Matangi

The Goddess Matangi is a mix of the quiet and the savage from the Hindu pantheon of goddesses. She is the shyaam-rang (dull complexioned) type of the Goddess Saraswati Herself, Who showed herself as the girl of the chandala, Rishi Matang. This was a result of his exceptional goal to Brahminhood through the procurement of information (Saraswati is the goddess of learning). Mahavidya Matangi (of extraordinary learning) uses in her four hands the sickle demonstrative of her savagery, a kapala representative of her relationship with incineration grounds (chandalas have customarily been in charge of the ceremonies following passing), and a thin veena that compares Her to Saraswati. As it were, Mahavidya Matangi is the Tantric type of Saraswati.

Mahavidya Matangi

In this unique watercolor, She sits on a fragile pink lotus in full blossom, Her novice laid on a lotuspad. Her figure is full and wide, decorated with abundant golds and pearls and gems. From underneath Her detailed ruby-and emerald-studded gold crown develops an ocean of eminently wavy, crimped dark tresses that apparently have their very own existence. Note the gleam of the third eye that suffuses the Devi’s even sanctuary.

Undulating slopes, their verdant coat set off by the finesse of the sundown sun, comprise the foundation, together with two or three sanctuary like structures to one side of the artwork.

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A Ghat Of Prime Importance Since The Vedic Age

Ghats (riverbanks) are places of worship for the Hindu people. This is because the river is a rich source of nourishment for human settlements, and consequently the ghat the nurturer of the greatest civilisations. The one depicted in this paper watercolour is Har Ki Pauri, which in the local Khari boli means ‘the steps leading up to the lord’. It is said that Shiva and Vishnu had been at the Brahmakund in this ghat during Satyayuga together the Brahmakund is where drops of the otherworldly nectar has touched the earth.

Har Ki Pauri

It is the stream in the foreground that is the most challenging part of the painting. Complex brushstrokes in shades and tints of blue have gone into a highly realistic portrayal of the sacred Ganga waters. The couple in the foreground is making an offering to their ancestors, while the damsels nearer to the steps – their black tresses loosened – are busier having a good time than proverbially washing off their sins.

A couple of maidens are simply taking a walk along the ghat, deeply absorbed in conversation. While a wealthier couple sits in consultation with the Brahman to the right of the viewer, a yogi is performing padmasana in the other end of the frame. Note how flawless is each and every detail of the figures – their limbs in motion, their garments in line with traditional Northern fashion, and the shringar of the ladies.

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At The Potter’s Workmanship

This oil painting has a finish bordering on the surreal. The brushstrokes are rough-hewn, like lines from a receding memory. The tone of the composition is captured in the cowdust hour light that pervades the painting. The same is cut through – coldly, in an almost bizarre fashion – by a collection of delicate, pristine compositions at the potter’s shop.

Potter’s Workmanship

In fact, it is what dominates the centre of the composition, its peculiarity enhanced by the scantily clad street-entertainer who stands afore the shop and looks on at those works. This painting is of a moment of wonder, of an extent only possible in dream-frame.The rest of the men in the frame pay no attention to her – they are used to her presence, having probably seen as much of her as there is to be seen. The surreal appeal of the painting is complemented by the realistically portrayed earth that dominates a major part of the foreground.

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Tribhang Murari Chaturbhujadhari Krishna Crown

The most relatable of the Vishnu-avataras, the most widely loved deity of the Hindu pantheon. There is no way the heart of the spiritually inclined would not turn to Lord Krishna. Here He is in the iconic silhouette of the tribhang murari, which is Sanskrit for ‘flute-player (murari) with the body jutting out (bhang) in three (tri) places’.

lord Krishna Crown

This work speaks volumes about the personal devotion of the artisan. The Lord is shown to be wearing a gorgeous silk dhoti and sashes. The rest of Him is bedecked with a world of shringar, which gather against His skin in lifelike angles. One of the unusual aspects of this tribhang murari depiction of Lord Krishna is the fact that He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed). His smoothly carved feet rest on the typical dual-lotus arrangement found at the feet of Indian deities (two lotuses with their pistils brought together), which in turn is placed on a multi-tiered quadrilateral pedestal. The same is engraved with rangoli-esque motifs, the lateral trappings set off by leonine figurines that are miniscule but majestic.

Krishna’s Music : Pure as Lotus

The twoering kirtimukha crown of the Lord completes the composition This work speaks volumes about the personal devotion of the artisan. The Lord is shown to be wearing a gorgeous silk dhoti and sashes. The rest of Him is bedecked with a world of shringar, which gather against His skin in lifelike angles. One of the unusual aspects of this tribhang murari depiction of Lord Krishna is the fact that He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed).

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Tips to Use Traditional Interior Design Elements in your Home Décor

Traditional Indian art is adapted my many decorators to bring out an interesting and exotic appeal to home decors. With so many options and designs to choose from, one might often feel overwhelmed about the best ones to grace their homes . However, as complex as Indian art may be, they are also increasingly versatile, making it easier to use them across various sections of your home, without going over the top.

Here are some tips in this article that will help you in selecting the right décor elements from something as complex as Indian Mandala or color schemes, patterns and more.

  • Bright colors are what make Indian décor so vibrant and inviting. You can choose from the wide range of color palette. However, there is always a risk of creating visual noise if the colors are not used in unison. When using color as the main design element, it is important to choose safe schemes such as bi color, accents or neutral shades as base color. You also introduce pop colors to make the room appear more cheerful and unserious. 
  • There is nothing more commonly demanded in Indian handicraft sector as the authentic handmade furniture. These pieces are eccentric and unique in their own right. They can be standalone features in a room by their own simple presence. Just throw in few designed centerpieces and you have what you call as a perfect living room. There is a huge variety of handcrafted furniture that one can choose from. There are options ranging from ornate pieces to distressed furniture. You can pick the one that aligns best with your needs.
  • Aesthetically designed traditional cabinets can be both functional and focal points in a room. You can paint them with bright colors or use inlay work to really make then stand out. Traditional Indian art is best incorporated in these heavy duty cabinets that can really add some antique glamour to your room.
  • The best to integrate the Indian handicraft element in your home décor, without spending heavily is by using the printed fabrics. Ajrakh printed cushion covers or Mandala printed bed sheets can really work up a space and make it look decorative.
  • With so many handicrafts to choose from, you can get some knickknacks that can make up the artifacts collection in your home. Some choices include clay wares, leather goods, wooden boxes, marble items and lots more. You can place them around the house and tie in the decorative theme. If you don’t mind spending a little extra, then heavy brass lamps are a good choice for any room that needs a focal point.

Interior designers all over the world have used elements of Indian handicrafts in their designs. If you do not want to use a professional designer, use the tips from this article to add some personality to your décor.